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'Real are short a striker': Zidane regrets Chelsea star's departure

'Real are short a striker': Zidane regrets Chelsea star's departureā€

The Chelsea flop has attacked the 32-year-old striker, who won the treble with Real Madrid last season, claiming he was only good for two months.

Ronaldo was dismissed during the first leg of its Supercopa de Espana triumph over Barcelona and received a five-match ban for shoving the referee. That was their second successive home draw after a 2-2 draw at home to Valencia a fortnight earlier, and another game where Madrid paid for a lack of bite in the opposition penalty area.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said the return of Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo instills confidence in the squad as the record European champions begin their UEFA Champions League title defence against Apoel on Wednesday.

Zidane was quick to insist there is more to his team than the Ballon d'Or victor, although he is relieved to have Ronaldo back for this game.

Luis added: "I admire Messi, he's never complained to me in any game we played but I've also never asked him for his jersey and never would".

"He is an important player in the squad, he is a leader".

"He is focused on what he has to do and very happy to be able to play again, because that is what he likes to do".

"We are glad because he is in a good form both physically and mentally, despite all what happened and what has been said he is very good".

"We will have the best player in the world on the pitch and that is crucial", Navas told reporters.

The Portuguese global has won the prestigious award four times already and looks set to make it five after winning La Liga, the Champions League and Spanish Supercup last season.



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